The Crystal Cove State Park Junior Lifeguard Program is a 4-week long ocean oriented beach camp designed to provide a safe place where participants can be instructed in a variety of skills pertaining to the lifeguarding profession, aquatic environment, and aquatic recreation. Instructors will introduce participants to basic CPR skills, basic First Aid, basic rescue techniques, and lifeguarding procedures. We also include an interpretive component that provides information about the ocean habitats and local ecosystems including field trips.


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Due to COVID-19 Restrictions Ex-Day will not be offered in 2021

The extended day camp is an option for those participating in the AM sessions that would like to continue instruction into the afternoon. The extended day focuses mainly on structured recreation and is more of a camp type environment as opposed to the structure of the morning JG session. After completion of the morning session, participants will walk South to El Moro and eat lunches in a shaded area. At the completion of lunch time, instructors will supervise and create a structured environment for recreational opportunities, utilizing an array of aquatic equipment. At the completion of the day, students will return to and be picked up in the Lower Moro lot. Registration for the extended day camp will be completed with your initial JG registration.


          The Mission of the California State Park Junior Lifeguard Program is to provide quality water safety education while creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation to the youth of California. The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes Teamwork, Leadership, and Safety while introducing young people to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program is designed to improve young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, their parents, their peers, and themselves.        
          The Mission of the State Park Junior Lifeguard Program is accomplished by activities such as instruction and practice in open water swimming, paddle boarding, body surfing, body boarding, surfboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, skin diving, and self rescue. Respect for the environment is increased by the understanding gained by daily physical contact with the environment and through lecture and discussion of pertinent marine and aquatic topics.  Respect for others is increased by constant contact with compassionate instructors and by working with other youths in a team building environment. Increased respect for themselves is gained through their personal progress and accomplishments. 
          Further, the Junior Lifeguard Mission embraces opportunities for community involvement and partnerships in school classroom instruction and with community youth programs. The Mission recognizes the necessity of seizing special opportunities to introduce non-traditional user groups to the wonders of marine and aquatic recreation environments.        
          As part of this educational mission, the California State Park Junior Lifeguard Program admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school or in youth program. The Junior Lifeguard Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, athletic and other school administered programs. 
































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